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ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro review

Dual-boot Android 2.2 and Windows 7 on a slate tablet sounds clever, but does it work?

Our Verdict

Windows 7 and Android on the same tablet, but there are a lot of problems

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Android OS in a window
  • Good movie playback in Windows 7
  • Windows 7 apps
  • ViewSonic touch apps

Against

  • Dark screen
  • Poor contrast ratio
  • Android apps don't install
  • Heavy and bulky

ViewSonic viewpad 10pro

One of the weakest links on the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro is the built-in camera. For starters, it doesn't work at all with the Android 2.2 virtual operating system.

There's no bundled camera app at all, so to even to use the camera you'll need to add an app such as Windows Live Messenger. There's something archaic about this approach: the device seems blissfully unaware of modern times when people routinely use tablets to snap photos.

Photos we snapped with the Messenger app looked dark and unusable.

Since there's no camera app dedicated to touch control, using Messenger is awkward at best. There are no large buttons for quickly setting white balance or exposure.

There isn't an app that enables you to switch quickly between photo mode and video recording, either.

And, there isn't a touch app for editing recorded videos – you're stuck with Windows Live Essentials and the lame Movie Maker app.

What could ViewSonic have done to fix these problems? A proper camera app for Windows 7, that uses a touch interface, would have helped. Making the camera work in the Android interface would have also helped.

Using the touch interface to even browse through photos depends on the mouse-driven Windows operating system.



Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System PlatformWindows, Android
Processor ModelZ670
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium & Android 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameViewsonic
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)800 g
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height170 mm
Width263 mm
Depth14.9 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelViewPad 10pro
Product NameViewPad 10pro Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberV10P_1BN7HUS6_01
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing Information

A 10" professional business tablet using latest Intel processor for ultimate mobility and productivity.

The ViewPad 10pro is the perfect companion for any professional organization. Offering an ultra mobile experience without compromising on the application or performance, the ViewPad 10pro uses the new fan-less Intel Oak Trail processor. Designed with businesses and commercial applications in mind the ViewPad 10pro is ideal for accessing office works, cloud computing or displaying high-definition video for business presentations.